Welcome to the SFPE SoCal Chapter Website!



The purpose of SFPE International is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.  The mission of the Chapter is to reinforce the Society's purpose here in Southern California.

 Membership Drive - 2019 Summer / Fall

The SFPE SoCal Chapter Membership Drive is underway! The SFPE SoCal Chapter is looking for new members to join our local chapter. Please help to support our chapter and our mission to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering in the Southern California market.

Member benefits include reduced pricing at monthly meetings, the annual symposium, access to copies of presentations shared by monthly presenters, and opportunities to participate in SFPE organized site tours.


  • Duration:  July – September, 2019
  • Company benefit:  Firms with two new members to the SFPE SoCal Chapter will be provided with a free sponsorship on the SFPE SoCal Chapter website and an email blast highlighting the firm’s information, dependent on information received from the participating firm.    
  • Individual benefit:  New members who have joined the SFPE SoCal Chapter will be entered into a raffle for a free registration for the 2019 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium in October 2, 2019.  One free registration will be awarded, for a value of $145 for non-AHJs and $120 for AHJs!     
        • The selected individual will be notified two weeks prior to the symposium. 

If you have any questions regarding the details of the membership drive, please contact Steven Dannaway at Steven.Dannaway@coffman.com.

 Chapter Update

The Chapter is now introducing a single meeting sponsor for our monthly chapter meetings! Would you or your company like to sponsor a monthly meeting? One individual will be provided with a 6 foot display table and five minutes at the beginning of the meeting to address the audience! This option will become available for our next chapter meeting after our summer break in September. Feel free to reach out to our president, Ray Bizal, for more information! The cost of the sponsorship will be $150.

2019 President's Message & News  

June, 2019:

Hello Southern California Chapter.

The Chapter has elected the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.  Please welcome our newest member to serve the Southern California Chapter:

  • Meghan Goodwin, Jensen Hughes – Member at-Large

And welcome back and congratulations to members re-elected:

  • Raymond Bizal, PE, NFPA – President
  • Steven Dannaway, PE, Coffman Engineers – 1st VP Membership
  • Michele Knight Vail, Xtralis – 2nd VP Programs
  • Evan Ross, Victaulic – Treasurer
  • Harris Crozier, EIT, FM Global – Secretary
  • Deborah Freeland, PM, FIAE, FSFPE, Arthur J Gallagher & Co. – Member at-Large
  • Armen Minatsaghanian, PE, JPL/NASA – Member at-Large
  • Gregg Vlahakis, PM, Viking Corp. – Member at-Large

Many thanks to Paul Trutner, Collings & Associates, for his contribution to our Chapter.  We appreciate his service and wish him the best!

The Chapter does not conduct any monthly meetings during the summer months of July and August.  But that does not mean we aren’t active.  Watch for possible social events and tours that may come up on the radar this summer.  We will continue with our monthly lunch meetings on September 9, 2019.  The remainder of the year is packed with interesting speakers and events. 

Our Chapter scholarship is funded primarily by our Fire Protection Engineering Symposium.  This year our Symposium is schedule October 2 and has a full line up of interesting topics and great speakers.  We will also have the latest fire protection technology exhibiting.  Be sure to sign up today!

Fire Protection Engineering students enrolled in the FPE Master’s program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, should consider applying for a scholarship.  Last year, we provided five students with $2,000 scholarships each.  The deadline for applications is October 31.

Enjoy the summer and don’t be afraid to advance your career by becoming involved in the Southern California Chapter of SFPE.

SFPE Southern CA Chapter

Raymond B. Bizal, PE, Chapter President

President's Message & News  

June 4, 2018:


Please join me to welcome and congratulate our newest members to serve on our SFPE Board!

·        Evan Ross, Victaulic Company--Treasurer

·        Harris Crozier, FM Global-Secretary

·        Steven Dannaway, Coffman Engineers-VP Membership

·        Paul Trutner, Collings & Associates, --Member at-Large

We wish to welcome and congratulate the following members that were re-elected to serve on our Board:

·        Ray Bizal, NFPA—President

·        Michele Vail, Jensen Hughes-- VP Programs

·        Deborah Freeland, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.--Member at Large

·        Gregg Vlahakis, Viking Corp.--Member at Large

·        Armen Minatsaghanian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory --Member at Large

·        Chris Reimer, FPS --Past President

We wish to thank Ozzie Mercado, Christopher Yang, Roland Gutierrez, and Ryan Rigsbee for their unselfish contributions to our association.  Their service will be missed but we welcome their continued attendance and support with our Chapter.

We are looking forward to having everyone’s attendance at our next Chapter Luncheon Meeting on June 18 at the Monterey Hill Restaurant.  Please note that this is a date change due to the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas during that week.  We will present our new board members to our membership at this Luncheon Meeting.

Also, attached please find the contact info for our 2018-2019 Board Members.

SFPE-SoCal-2018-19-Contact Info.docx



SFPE Southern CA Chapter

Chris Reimer, Chapter President

SFPE SoCal Recognition Award to Mr. Mark Chase

April 9, 2018

The Southern California Chapter of SFPE would like to award Mark Chase, Fire Inspector II from the Los Angeles Fire Department a Chapter Award in recognition for his contribution to the chapter and the fire protection / life safety community.  It is difficult for members to stay engaged with the chapter becuase of a busy work life, but Mr. Chase has set a great example this past year by contributing to the SoCal chapter by participating in the Annual Symposium as a presenter, participating in the Wilshire Grand Tour, and making a difference in the fire protection / life safety community through your profession.  Mr. Chase's dedication, humbleness, willingness to teach others, professionalism, pride and joy in the his profession truly makes Mr. Chase a great recipient of this award. 

President's Message & News  

March 28, 2018:

Our Nominating Committee has completed their task to provide their list of nominees for serving on our Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year.  We will be voting during our monthly May luncheon meeting.  A call from the floor for any other nominations will be made prior to the vote at our May meeting.  Here is a link to see the individuals that have been submitted by the Nominating Committee to serve in our new year that will start in June.  


We thank the Nominating Committee for their willingness to serve and donate their time to provide this ballot.  We look forward to having our membership participate in May to vote and support the Nominating Committee’s Ballot.


SFPE Southern CA Chapter

Chris Reimer, Chapter President

President's Message & News  

February 19, 2018:

The Southern California Chapter of SFPE awards an annual academic scholarship to the most qualified candidate in the amount of $2,000.  The primary purpose of the Southern California SFPE Scholarship Award is to promote interest and public awareness of the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering and to promote and encourage students to study for a career in Fire Protection Engineering.

During our February Chapter meeting, it was our privilege to award five (5) scholarship awards to students enrolled in the Fire Protection Engineering degree program at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

The 2018 scholarship recipients were:

  • Delaney Seeburger
  • Matthew Atwell
  • Alex Dowdy
  • Jacob Ludeman
  • Jacob Dentici

We wish them great success in their careers, hopefully in CA, and look forward to seeing them attend our Chapter meetings subsequent to their graduation.

On behalf of our Board of Directors we wish to congratulate them for this achievement!!


SFPE Southern CA Chapter

Chris Reimer, Chapter President

President's Message & News  

October 10, 2017:

The purpose of our Chapter is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education. On October 3, we provided our second Annual Fire Protection Engineering Symposium to advance these purposes.  This event was possible due to the efforts of the planning Team during the past twelve (12) months.  The members of the Planning Team consisted of Christopher Yang, Gregg Vlahakis, Roland Gutierrez, Sergio Barrueto, Jeffery Halpert, and Ray Bizal.  In addition, we had the following four (4) students from Cal Poly SLO volunteer their services on the day of the event to support in the registration, set up, and wherever they were needed. The students attending were Delaney Seeburger, Jacob Ludeman, Alex Dowdy, and Jacob Dentici.  Dr. Richard Emberley, Asst. Professor at CAL Poly, gave a presentation on the Masters Fire Protection Engineering program. Also contributing to the successful registration of our event was Michele Knight-Vail and Steven Dannaway.   I personally want to thank all of our Board Members for their support and willingness to host this event.

Our 2016 Symposium generated over $4,400 towards scholarships and our 2017 Symposium will contribute another $7,300.  The total available funds for scholarships is now over $11,700.  We currently are accepting applications for scholarships that are due October 31 and applications will be awarded by December 31.

I am confident that all those who attended our Symposium felt that their time was well spent as they received valuable information from the various speakers/topics.  The speaker’s PowerPoint presentations are now available for members on our website.  Just click on the “Member Only Content” to view the presentations.


SFPE Southern CA Chapter

Chris Reimer, Chapter President

SFPE Announces One of our Members, Tina King, as a 2017 Fellow!

SFPE has recognized 8 of its members as Fellows for 2017. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellow not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection engineers as individuals, but also their significant contribution to fire protection engineering and society globally.

Our Southern CA SFPE Chapter is excited to announce that one of the eight individuals is a member of our Chapter. Please congratulate Tina King for her commitment to the Society and being recognized as a Fellow! We thank her for her dedication and contributions, and look forward to rely upon her leadership in moving our great profession forward. Again, please congratulate Tina as a member of the the 2017 class of Fellows! 

Tina King is a registered P.E. in Fire Protection in the State of California. She started her early career in the 1990’s with IRI (Industrial Risk Insurers), where she gained her solid background in fire protection through their extensive hands-on training program. Over 15 years ago, using the SFPE Reference Manual as a guide, Tina developed on-line P.E. Review Sessions that she taught internally to her peers to help more engineers within the company pass the P.E. Exam in Fire Protection. The Review Sessions were a success and proved to help her colleagues pass the exam. Over the years, her P.E. Review Sessions were offered outside of her organization, and today, through a partnership with the SFPE, and with the assistance of many instructors, the courses touch over 100 participants globally each year. The pass rate of those who engage in the P.E. Review Sessions has grown to approximately 80%. Since the onset of these P.E. Review Sessions, the national average pass rate has increased significantly, yielding more registered P.E.’s in Fire Protection each year! Throughout her career, Tina worked as a field engineer, technical advisor, engineering field leader, and now manages large global accounts for XL GAPS, providing consultative services to help ensure proper fire protection features are in place.

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Nearly 40 million Kidde Fire Extinguishers involving 134 different models have been recalled.  The product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire exintinguishers:  Plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.  The recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger branded fire extinguishers nor does it include extinguishers with metal handles/valve assemblies.  For additional information on the recall, refer to the link below.  

Kidde ext. recall.pdf

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